Written on: May 23, 2022
You might have heard that electricity is the cleanest energy source for your home. Many northeast Wisconsin homeowners feel pressure to convert to electric heat pumps, water heaters, cooking ranges, and clothes dryers. These conversions can be extremely pricy, and, despite what electrification advocates claim, grid-based electricity is not greener than propane.
The opposite is true. Even though propane and electricity power many of the same home comfort appliances and systems, propane almost always does so in a cleaner, more efficient way.
The most significant environmental argument in favor of electric heating and home appliances is that they don’t emit greenhouse gases from your home.
That might be true, but the process of generating grid-based electricity is far from clean. Today, 61 percent of grid electricity is produced by burning fossil fuels. This generates a huge amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Electricity production accounts for 25 percent of the U.S.’s emissions.
While governments are working to transition electric grids to greener sources like wind and solar, we don’t know how long that will take.
Luckily, there’s a cleaner, greener alternative to electricity for homeowners: propane.
Propane is one of the most energy-efficient fuel sources around. In modern propane-fired heating equipment, it can reach over 90 percent efficiency. That means that almost no heat energy escapes out your chimney and into the atmosphere.
But what does escape is much cleaner. releases significantly less carbon dioxide than other energy sources, and it contains virtually no particulate matter, a known carcinogen. People can lower their home’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50 percent by using propane for heating, hot water, cooking and drying clothes.
Propane-fired heating equipment and home appliances have a fantastic track record of high performance and efficiency. This is great for the environment and your bank account.
Consider these facts:
Additionally, propane-fired cooking ranges offer much more precise temperature control than their electric counterparts. And propane can power a range of outdoor amenities like patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces, firepits, insect traps and lighting.
Simply put, propane is a clean, green, efficient and cost-effective fuel source that homeowners can feel great about using.